The Larder on Goosegate has no ordinary setting, it was home to the very first Boots, now pharmaceutical giant, then advertising under the slogan ‘Health for a Shilling’.
The inside is sympathetic to it’s turn of the century interiors, wooden floors and to compensate for the lack of insulation, radiators carefully dotted around to lend an air of warmth. Despite sitting almost on top of a radiator, it isn’t quite enough to take the chill out the air and it needs a few other people who come in later to warm the place up a bit.
The menu focusses on British favourites, you can choose from either an A la carte or set lunch menu, with a bit of bread and butter to keep you company while you decide.
Husband opts for the white onion soup while I have my eye on a meatier main so save some much needed space for the main event. His soup is a revelation in creamy onion flavours and a firm contender to the more famous French Onion soup!
Creamy white onion soup
For mains, I opt for the 9oz Picanha steak – not a cut I’ve heard of before, but the menu lets me know that it’s not a popular cut in Britain but in South America, is considered to be one of the best. I can tell you, those South Americans know what they’re talking about! Husband’s pork belly and mash is pronounced hearty and filling but the real star of the show was neither main, but something a little special from the blackboard menu – griddled artichoke and red onion with a splash of balsamic vinegar. So so so good, we both choose to scrape the bowl clean well before we finish our mains. This is something pretty special and I implore you, keep an eye on the specials board for this gem!
After having eaten the better part of a few artichokes, I decline dessert but opt for a second spoon to pinch a few helpings of Husband’s Cinnamon cheesecake with some apple granita. It’s an intriguing combo and best enjoyed separately as I can’t safely say the two go together that well. The cinnamon cheesecake is neither too rich nor too sweet making it an ideal post-lunch dessert without inducing desire for a post-lunch snooze!
As we’re finishing up lunch, a number of folk are arriving for afternoon tea and eavesdropping on some explanations of the tea on offer is almost tempting me to stay on and continue, but we have Nottingham to explore yet!
The Larder on Goosegate can be found on the 1st Floor, 16-22 Goosegate, Hockley, Nottingham NG1 1FE
Disclosure: I was a guest of Experience Nottinghamshire and the Larder on Goosegate, but as always, opinions are my own.